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Lebanese Eggplant Salad

This chilled eggplant salad is made with tender, smoky baked eggplant, green onions, garlic, and lemon juice. It’s delicious on its own or served with warm pita bread.

lebanese eggplant salad

Eggplant is the star of the show in some of my favorite recipes like 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef and Eggplant, Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce, Turkish Eggplant Salsa, or Sausage, Eggplant, and Kale Pasta.

lebanese eggplant salad

I bet you never thought there were so many ways to enjoy eggplant, did you? It’s one of my favorite fruits (commonly mislabeled as a veggie!) to use in flavorful dishes because it’s spongy texture soaks everything up so well.

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While eggplant is much preferable cooked, it doesn’t have to be served hot! In this chilled salad, the eggplant is roasted ahead of time to give it that smoky flavor, before cooling, dicing, and tossing with the rest of the ingredients.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do you need to peel eggplant?

No, the skin of an eggplant is edible, though the skin on larger eggplants might be a bit tough.

Is eggplant bad for you?

No! The rumor that eggplants are poisonous from the 13th century ends here. Eggplants are nightshades, and they are absolutely safe to eat – belonging to a similar family to tomatoes, potatoes, and chili peppers. But fun fact: they’re actually a berry!

How long should I chill a salad for?

About 20 minutes is sufficient. That’s enough time to cool everything through but not too long that the ingredients get mushy or wilted.

Why is eggplant healthy?

In short, because eggplants are nutrient-dense, meaning they pack a lot of nutrients and vitamins into a small number of calories. Eggplants are high in fiber, vitamins K and C, and minerals like manganese, folate, and potassium. They are also high in antioxidants, can reduce heart disease, help control blood sugar and weight loss, as well as potentially aid in cancer treatment.

How do I pick a ripe eggplant?

When you’re at the grocery store or farmer’s market it can be quite simple to tell if an eggplant is ripe. Some things to look for: is it heavy? is its skin smooth and shiny and firm? is the stem green? The larger the eggplant, the more bitter, so also try and choose a small or medium-sized one.

This recipe is excellent served with a marinated steak like my Garlic Soy Flank Steak, Parmesan Crusted Baked Whitefish, or on its own with some pita for a refreshing lunch.

Liz eating eggplant salad

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lebanese eggplant salad

Lebanese Eggpant Salad

4.34 stars average
This chilled eggplant salad is made with tender, smoky baked eggplant, green onions, garlic, and lemon juice. It's delicious on its own or served with warm pita bread.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 30 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried mint
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prick eggplant with a small knife several times then bake in a 350-degree oven until tender, about 30 minutes.
  • When eggplant is done cooking, peel then cut it into cubes. Place in a large bowl with all remaining ingredients. Toss well and add more salt or pepper to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 591mgPotassium: 412mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1679IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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